Fresh off their six-run loss to the Knights, the Panthers responded with an 11-1 thrashing of the Northfield Norsemen to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Just like they did against Southern Wells, the Panthers scored early and often, putting at least one run across five of the six innings played.
“I thought the girls came into the game with a lot more focus,” Coates said. “They held that focus and intensity for the entire game. That is something that we have been talking about a lot, and I thought they did a nice job of that throughout the entire game.”
Now, with their first week of games in the books, Coates reflected on how his team has performed.
“I’m happy with how they’ve played for the most part,” Coates said. “I wish we could redo the second game of the year, but unfortunately, that’s not how it works. We’ve hit the ball well, and we’ve played good defense except for a few mental errors at the wrong time, but overall, we are pleased with how things are going.”
Ali Anderson earned the win, striking out six and allowing just one hit in four innings of work, while McMillan shut the door in the final two frames, striking out three.
Hoddup continued her torrid start to the season, finishing 3-for-4 with four RBI and a home run short of the cycle. McMillan also finished with three hits, which included a home run and two singles.